News Aug 5th 2016

Top 5 Countries with the Best Attractive Education Opportunities

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Education is considered one of the most important factors for success all over the world, and most countries do their best to improve their education systems and offer the youth as many opportunities as possible. Naturally, some manage better than others, and organizations worldwide periodically publish statistics and study reports to rank the best countries one can study in. A 2016 survey conducted by University and Pennsylvania and BAV and involving 16,000 participants has ranked the best countries for education considering 3 important criteria: how well developed the public education system is, the top quality universities available, and whether the survey participants would like to study in the specific countries or not.

Let's have a look at the best 5 countries for education, as ranked after analyzing the survey results:

1. UK

The United Kingdom has 18 higher education institutions ranked in the top 100 best universities in the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London and University College London. Between ages 5 and 16, it is mandatory for all students to attend school and progress through the 4 stages of primary and secondary education. The large discrepancies between grammar schools and institutions designed for trade professionals has led to creating more comprehensive and more uniform secondary schools.

2. Canada

In Canada, education is mandatory starting age 5, and students can attend primary and secondary school for free. Each province has its own different administration in terms of schooling, but the lack of a centralized education system does not seem to pose problems. In Quebec, students must first attend a professional school for 2 years before applying for university studies, but, other than this, the standards are rather similar in all provinces. Canada has 3 universities ranked in the top 50 institutions of the world, higher education is considerably cheaper than in the US, and Canadian students constantly score above average on the International Student Assessment Program managed by OECD.

3. The United States

Ranked third on the list, the US has 30 higher education institutions in the top 100 - but quality studies don't come cheap, unfortunately. According to the OECD, the US university tuition costs are the second highest in the world. As to what public schools are concerned, they get their funding mainly from property taxes. Even though the spending per student is among the largest in the world here, American scores are average on OECD's Student Assessment. Check out this quick quiz to find out which American university is the best option for you:

4. Germany

Even though only 4 German institutions are ranked in the top 100, Germany is a highly desirable place to study due to its fee system. Starting 2014, all students can have access to education without paying tuition (except for an insignificant admin fee). Germany was also the country to introduce the concept of kindergarten (attending preschool before compulsory education). After studying 4 years in primary school, German children are recommended to choose one of three education options based on their aptitudes and performance: Hauptschule, for children with average or below average grades, Realschule (general school), for white-collar careers, or gymnasium, for high-scoring students heading to college.

5. France

France has a centralized education structure, and it is mandatory to attend school from age 6 to 16, but most students complete higher education studies as well. The country has 2 higher education institutions ranked in the top 50, and philosophy is still seen as highly important in the home of Descartes. While different studies yield varying results, these 5 countries are always listed among the best for education, although maybe not in the same order or with the same score. Which one would you like to study in?

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